After months of complaining from gamers, Nintendo has finally decided to add EarthBound to the Wii U eShop only to pull it after ten minutes when no sales were made. They say this finally proves that the game can not sell in North America.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime commented on the situation to press today saying, “I love EarthBound and I love Mother 3. Unfortunately, we at Nintendo made the decision to stop selling Earthbound in the North American Wii U eShop due to the poor sales we received.”
“It’s a shame that we could not keep the game up longer than we could, but business is business,” he says, “I feel somewhat betrayed by some of our fans who said they would purchase Earthbound if we did sell it. It really was not our fault the game was pulled so quickly.”
“I was not in charge back when EarthBound was originally released but the team in charge of selling the game tried their best,” Fils-Aime explains, “I even looked at some of the old marketing material which said things like ‘this game stinks.’ It’s one of the most brilliant ad campaigns I’ve ever seen and if it couldn’t sell back then with that, there’s no way it could sell today.”
“So please understand why we had to pull EarthBound from the Wii U eShop,” says Fils-Aime, “Don’t worry about not seeing Ness, Pauline, Jeffrey and the rest of the EarthBound gang because they will probably make an appearance in the next Smash Brothers game.”
Shigesato Itoi, creator of the series, has commented about the situation on the Japanese Mother 2 revival community with a metaphor saying, “I’ve eaten sakura mochi from Toraya twice now this year. They’re neither too overpowering nor too understated. They’re truly delicious. The MOTHER 2 revival is tomorrow.”